Kansas Fugitive to be Tried in Nebraska Court for Shooting at Officers

Michael Engstrom

TECUMSEH, Neb. (AP) -- A July trial in Nebraska has been scheduled for a Kansas fugitive who's accused of firing at officers during a vehicle chase in southeast Nebraska.

According to The Beatrice Daily Sun, 33-year-old Michael Engstrom, of Topeka, Kan., pleaded not guilty earlier this week to several felony counts in Johnson County District Court.

His wife, Jamie Engstrom, pleaded guilty to felony child abuse. Prosecutors dropped several charges connected to the Feb. 13 chase in exchange for Jamie Engstrom's plea. Authorities say the child abuse charge was filed because Jamie Engstrom had placed a 14-year-old child in harm's way. Officers discovered after the chase that the child was in the Engstroms' car.

Both Engstroms have been charged with murder in the slaying of a Topeka man earlier on Feb. 13.